Bayside Orthopaedic Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Bayside Orthopaedic Update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

At Bayside Orthopaedic, our highest priorities are the health and safety of our staff, patients & visitors and the well-being of the communities we serve. Considering recent and growing concerns about the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), patients should be assured that we employ the highest standards of safety and infection control protocols following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state & local public health authorities. Our goal is a dynamic and appropriate response to the risk caused by this virus. We are actively monitoring developments and news regarding local outbreaks and will take further action if necessary.

Safety First

For the safety of our patients and staff, all those arriving at our Fairhope and Foley offices are being screened before entry. Recent travel and exposure risk will be assessed, and temperature taken if necessary. If you are experiencing a cold or flu-like symptoms, we ask that you defer any appointments until you are symptom-free. If you or anyone in your household has experienced fever, coughing or achiness – please contact our office to reschedule your appointment.

Telehealth

When appropriate, you may be transitioned to telehealth care. Bayside Orthopaedic is installing fresh software platforms to enable this seamless audio/visual remote connection between patient/physician team. Please anticipate a call (and a phone number you may not recognize) from staff to schedule.

If you are a new patient and interested in a telehealth appointment, please call to learn more.

We’re in this Together

As we all navigate this uncharted territory, communication is essential. Please let us know in advance if you need to cancel an appointment. We will continue to update our own policies to minimize health risk and maintain the highest quality of patient care.

How Can I Protect Myself?

Everyday precautions according to the CDC include:

  • Avoid people who are sick
  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid touching surfaces in public places (like elevator buttons and door handles)
  • Avoid crowds
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.

How do I Know if I Have COVID-19?

COVID-19 is a lower respiratory tract infection, which means most of the symptoms are felt in the chest and lungs. That’s different from colds that bring on an upper respiratory tract infection which typically includes a runny nose and sinus congestion. The most common symptoms according to the World Health Organization are fever, dry cough, fatigue and coughing of thick phlegm from the lungs. Shortness of breath, bone or joint pain and sore throat may also accompany the fever.

We encourage you to refer to the CDC website CDC.gov for information on preventing illness and the latest on COVID-19’s impact on Alabama. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call us at (251) 928-2401.